You are invited to… play, chalk and talk with #oneplaything

Lynn Love, Malcolm Hamilton

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


This workshop will work with participants to conceive and create playful invitations for public space. Together, we will explore the nature of the playful invitation, firstly as a group and then secondly, in public space, using chalk to re-interpret, through a playful lens, the streets of Thessaloniki. The workshop draws from #oneplaything, a playful initiative which seeks to invite and encourage play in public space. Participants will become #oneplaything-ers for the day, looking at the streets of the city through a new playful lens, seeking to create invitations for themselves and the public to play in public spaces. The participants will explore concepts of ownership, permission and activism, looking at the potential for play to provide new perspectives for themselves and the public to view space, behaviour and things taken for granted in our everyday lives and play in the space.

We will also introduce Norman Peters, a character manifestation of obstacles to play and creativity. Through #oneplaything we will help Norman to overcome his fears and in doing so examine some of the barriers that exist to play, why they are there and how we might together work to overcome them. Norman will be introduced by video and represented by a makeshift puppet in the workshop.

Participants will be encouraged to document and to share their activity online, to not only extend the playfulness beyond the temporary life of the chalk on the street, but also to explore the barriers between digital and physical space. The workshop participants will also reflect upon this process, considering the potential for digital spaces to inspire conversations and knowledge sharing. This is an active workshop, which invites participants to imagine, play, act and reflect upon play in public, the transformative power of play and the areas of our lives which could benefit from more play. All through a piece of chalk.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2019
EventPlay Perform Learn Grow: Bridging Communities, Practices and the World - East Side Institute, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 4 Oct 20196 Oct 2019
Conference number: 2


ConferencePlay Perform Learn Grow
Abbreviated titlePPLG 19
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